the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth


There are surfaces in our lives which we pass by every day. The sheen of a coffee cup, the gleam of some stainless steel appliance, the window made a mirror by darkness. We pass them by, unseen and unnoticed. Yet they capture us and throw us back into the world.

If no one sees that reflected bit of us — your nose caught in the shine of the toothbrush holder, your fingers tapping out a rhythm on the guitar, the curve of your hip in the shower knob — does it make a sight? Does it make a sound?

I’ve been struggling this year with knowing that I am enough. Not when I’m fully actualized; not when I’ve achieved Nirvana; not when I’ve been transformed…but now, right now, I am enough. Even in illness. Even in shortcomings. Even in the ever-present, ever-niggling experience of not-knowing. Enough.

In every reflective surface, every unexpected mirror, the world captures my image and throws it back at me.

She chants:  “Be here now.”
She bears witness:  “You ARE here now.”
She testifies: “You, just as you are, are enough.”

Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? I do. Even to my very self.



This is for Susannah Conway’s  Unravelling ecourse.  If this inspires you, please consider taking the course.  In this post: Reflections in a tub fixture with a lavender filter, black & white, the original photo, and colour saturation.

Jenna/The Word Cellar July 29, 2009 at 5:12 am

This is a beautiful post, Rachelle. I do believe you’ve found your own reflection in a “sparkly thing.” :)

Paul July 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

That’s a terrific photo, hon!

Sherry July 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Sounds like an amazing course with Susannah…not only is it about what you reflect outwards or back on yourself but the reflecting that goes on within.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen July 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Telling ourselves the truth is one of the hardest things to do. Inquiring into our stressful thoughts is a helpful first step.

Nadia July 31, 2009 at 3:39 am

such beautiful words. love the picture. ciao!

megg August 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Oh my goodness I LOVE those pictures – the reflections and the truth of your words – absolutely amazing!!

ERika Fox August 3, 2009 at 12:17 am

Hey, Rose Swetman just told me you were in the unravelling class. I’m in it as well. (Jim, my husband, co-pastors at VCC with Rich and Rose).

Hope you are enjoying the class. I am.

Erika Fox

Jannie Funster August 3, 2009 at 2:21 am

That is so cool. I thought it was a doorknob reflection until I read and saw it was actually in the tub.

What lies unseen is always there, whether we are aware or not.

deb August 4, 2009 at 1:20 am

and such a freedom comes
these were the words I was reflecting on these past few days as well
thank you for gifting them so beautifully

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